We live out our faith personally and socially. Our founder, John Wesley, believed in practicing both personal holiness and social holiness. Practicing personal holiness and social holiness requires the help of the Holy Spirit through the gift of God’s graciousness. It is grace that allows us to encounter God.
Personal holiness is our response to God’s grace, through the power of the Holy Spirit, in our communal and individual lives. Social holiness is God’s grace through the power of the Holy Spirit which invites us to respond to our neighbors.
As Methodists, it is our belief that Jesus Christ has given us specific opportunities to encounter his love and grace. Here at Howard, we are called to live out our faith through practicing means of grace: which include The Bible, Praying, Corporately Worshipping, Fasting, Giving, Baptism and partaking in Holy Communion. Although, God’s grace is not limited to these practices, John Wesley identified these disciplines as means of grace for all people in all places.
It is our hope that God’s grace and love will empower us to live our faith socially as well. Meaning that we treat our neighbors as ourselves, respect the earth, choose to spend our money in places that respect the dignity of workers, and proclaim our faith to all whom we encounter!
Question: At home, I don’t belong to a church. Can I still join The Wesley Foundation?
Answer: Absolutely, we encourage all students at Howard to participate in our events. In fact, United Methodist have an Open door, Open heart policy. All are welcome.
Question: I have never been Baptized, will I be able to receive communion?
Answer: Absolutely, as United Methodist we practice an open table, which means any person who desires communion is welcomed.
Question: What is Open Table?
Answer: Open Table means that as United Methodist we believe that the Communion Table does not belong to us (see Matthew 22:1-14).